iDnes: Rychetský could run for president with backing of Social Democrats

The chief justice of the Constitutional Court, Judge Pavel Rychetský, has been mentioned as a possible candidate for president by a number of Social Democrats, the news website iDnes has reported. Mr Rychetský, who rejected candidacies in 2003 and 2008, would be particularly suitable if indirect elections remain unchanged, an unnamed source from within the Social Democratic party told the daily. Mr Rychetský for his part has said he does not intend to announce candidacy and would not be commenting further.

On Friday, Civic Democrat Přemysl Sobotka announced his intention to run, asking for the support of his fellow party members. The chairman of the TOP 09 party, Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg, has also been mentioned as a likely candidate if the current system is changed to direct presidential elections